Here’s Your Latino Movie Guide To The Tribeca Film Festival

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We’re so excited for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. There’s so much going on, and we’re eagerly anticipating all of the Latino films and filmmakers who will be on the big screen in New York City. The festival that takes place April 24 through May 5 features films that take on important issues affecting our community including topics such as immigration and the recovery of Puerto Rico.

The festival will also feature films directed by Latinx directors from around the world. The feature program includes 103 films from 124 filmmakers, and 42 of them are first-time filmmakers. The films also highlight the work of women — 40 percent of the feature films have one or more women directors, and 29 percent of the feature films are directed by people of color, while 13 percent of the feature films are by individuals who identify as LGBTQ.

Aside from films, there are also some exciting panels featuring director Guillermo Del Toro, Queen Latifah, and a special talk on the 25th anniversary of “In Living Color,” which includes creators and actors from the show. Here are a couple of films that caught our eye.

“After Maria,” directed Nadia Hallgren.


Nadia Hallgren, award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer from the Bronx, will present her documentary short film titled “After Maria.”

The film centers around Puerto Rican women “forced to flee the island after Hurricane Maria have bonded like family in a FEMA hotel in the Bronx. They seek stability in their new life as forces try to pull them apart.” This film will also be released on Netflix.

“I Am Human,” directed by Elena Gaby.


Elena Gaby, a Brazilian-American filmmaker, and producer, who’s been on the movie radar since she won the Best Student Documentary in 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival, is bringing her feature film “I Am Human.”

According to the festival’s website, the film dives into the question “what it means to be human.” The movie “offers a glimpse of what this technical evolution entails, following three individuals with neurological disorders: one rendered tetraplegic after a bike accident, one battling Parkinson’s Disease, and one with late-onset blindness.”

“The Gasoline Thieves,” directed by Edgar Nieto.


Mexican director Edgar Nieto presents his first feature film “The Gasoline Thieves” (“Huachicolero”). The film looks at Mexico’s increasing gas shortage and tells the story of Lalo, a 14-year-old, who seeks out to work as a huachicoleros (people who steal gasoline and re-sell it) to get a few bucks to buy a smartphone. The dangerous and illegal job, however, quickly takes over his life.

“Two/One,” directed by Juan Cabral.


“Narcos” actor Boyd Holbrook stars in the feature film “Two/One” as a ski jumping champion is leading a parallel life with another man, in another country. They are both connected in ways they are unaware of. “While one sleeps, the other is awake. The world waits for an impending moment; They must unite.” This film is directed by Argentine writer and director Juan Cabral.

“Clementine,” starring Otmara Marrero.


Cuban-American actress Otmara Marrero stars in “Clementine” a feature film that is being described as a psychological drama and sexual coming-of-age story.

Marrero plays Karen a woman looking for a solid relationship. When she breaks into her ex’s house, she meets Lana who instantly lures her in with her charm.

Other Latino films and Latino-directed films include: “Carlito Leaves Forever,” directed by Quentin Lazzarotto; “The Dishwasher,” directed by Nick Hartanto and Sam Roden; “Driving Lessons,” directed by Marziyeh Riahi; “Hard-ish Bodies,” directed by Mike Carreon; “Night Swim,” directed by Victoria Rivera; “La Noria,” directed by Carlos Baena; “PeiXes,” directed by Juan Carlos Pena Babío; “A Tale of Two Kitchens,” directed by Trisha Ziff; “Lady Hater,” directed by Alexandra Barreto; “Initials SG,” by Daniel Garcia; and “This Is Not Berlin,” directed by Hari Sama.

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AOC Is Putting The GOP On Notice For Preventing Science From Saving American Lives From Climate Change


AOC Is Putting The GOP On Notice For Preventing Science From Saving American Lives From Climate Change

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is really stirring up the right with her “extremist” political efforts to address climate change as it ravages poor, marginalized communities in America. AOC has been in Congress for three months and Fox News has run more coverage on her than most Democratic presidential 2020 candidates.

While the GOP and Fox News has mocked AOC for her red lips, the van her tía drives, and attempted to shame her for working as a bartender as recently as last year, AOC has a big agenda that will not be sidetracked. She is perhaps most famous for her proposed resolution for a Green New Deal (GND), which would meaningfully address the soon to be irreversible effects of climate change.

A Republican congressman claimed that the Green New Deal was created by “rich liberals from New York or California.”

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Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin literally said, “I think we should not focus on the rich, wealthy elites who will look at this and go ‘I love it, cause I’ve got big money in the bank. Everyone should do this!’” Yes. He is from the same party that pushed a tax law the upped tax liabilities on the working and middle classes while giving major breaks to the wealthiest members of American society.

Even POTUS has chimed in to mock the Green New Deal and frame it as a destabilization of the economy.

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Trump has signaled to his party and elected officials to follow suit and mock AOC and the Green New Deal.

Please note: this is not a proper example of how to use the scientific term ‘carbon footprint’ in a sentence.

The GOP currently has no plan to combat climate change.

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It’s estimated that climate change will consume 140,000 lives every year. We only need to look at Puerto Rico to see how dangerous our planet has become for human survival.

AOC is not having any of the GOP’s erasure of environmental racism that systematically places pollution in poor folks’ backyard.

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“You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids in the south Bronx which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country. Tell that to the families in Flint.”

California was on fire last year. So, yes, California and “broad swathes of the Midwest” are waiting for our government to do something about it.

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“We talk about cost—we’re going to pay for this whether we pass a Green New Deal or not. Because as towns and cities go underwater, as wildfires ravage our communities, we’re going to pay. And we have to decide whether we’re going to pay to react, or pay to be proactive.”

“People are dying. They are dying.”

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“…And the response across the other side of the aisle to introduce an Amendment five minutes before a hearing and a markup?”

Tell ’em, AOC!

“This is serious.”

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“This is about our constituents and all of our lives… and we’re here and people are more concerned about helping oil companies than helping their own families? I don’t think so. I don’t think so.”

“We are facing a national crisis and if we do not ascend to that crisis…”

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“If we tell the American public that we are more willing to invest and bail out big banks than we are willing to invest in our farmers and our urban families, then I don’t know what we’re here doing. I don’t know what we’re here doing.”

The Senate voted down the proposal.

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Why? The GOP basically trolled Democrats by forcing them to go on record about their support in a swift vote on the freshman Congresswoman’s proposal.

AOC didn’t allow the GOP to split the Democratic party on this issue.

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AOC asked all Democratic caucus members to vote “present” as a political protest of the GOP’s attempt to split the party. Many moderate Democrats who might have voted for the proposal may have lost their seats to the GOP next year.

Meanwhile, 81 percent of registered voters support the goals of the Green New Deal.

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Yale and George Mason University released these poll results from December 2018, which revealed that 64 percent of Republicans agree with that statement as well. This is what the people want, and yet Trump’s mockery of AOC and the Green New Deal has shut it all down.

Climate realists are exasperated with the lack of response to what Obama called the “greatest threat to future generations.”

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This is all old news. In 2016, the United Nations stated that climate change disaster is the biggest threat to global economy, greater than weapons of mass destruction, water crises, and refugee crises.

Fans are placing AOC in comic strips where her save-the-world weapon is her voice.

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Caption: “She’s my shero! Keep on AOC. We love you.”

One mom tweeted praise at AOC as her “hope” for her daughters’ futures.

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Same, Jesper, same. We all need to take note on what it means to unequivocally advocate for justice, whether in the face of your racist tío or Mitch McConnell.

Even John Kerry said that AOC showed “more leadership in one day or in one week than President Trump has in his lifetime on this subject.”

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Kerry looked at the many solutions AOC’s Green New Deal offered and then begged the question: “I don’t know that any of [the solutions] are coming from your party or your side of the aisle. Do you have a plan to deal with climate change?”

With climate change deniers combatting legislation to curb the effects of climate change, many voters are concerned.

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell only brought the Green New Deal up for a vote to try to stifle the national interest before it becomes more of a problem for his party. It’s all a joke to him.

Of course, the trolls are out in full force to fight for their own demise by deadly climate change.

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Thankfully, Twitter user @MagicRyuuko came in hot to check this bobo:

“Agriculture accounts for ~12% of all greenhouse gasses in the last 100 years from human-run processes. That it’s cow burps instead of cow farts is beside the point – it’s like arguing “I killed him by ripping out his stomach, not his intestines” – fact is you still killed a dude”

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico just passed its own Green New Deal.

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On March 25, 2019, Puerto Rico passed the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, which will put the island on its way to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Puerto Rico would be so much better off without America.

Regardless of how GOP members treat her, AOC is an elected official with constituents to answer to and she is doing just that.

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While she’s quickly become a clever politician, Ocasio-Cortez is of the people. Perhaps this is why she’s the loudest voice in Congress.

AOC has a legion of followers and supporters from across the country behind her.

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Just because the Green New Deal was expertly squashed by Mitch McConnell, we all know the issue is far from dead. Make your voice heard and pressure your Presidential hopeful to clarify exactly how they will combat climate change.

READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Delivered an Impassioned Speech After the ‘Green New Deal’ Failed to Pass in the House

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